Band Musicianship Award Scheme
The ATB Band Musicianship Award Scheme is a programme of practical, skilled and theoretical ‘banding’ activities designed for use by all members of ATB; a programme flexible enough to meet enthusiasm and aptitude whatever each member’s background or culture, however plentiful or limited their resources may be and whatever their skill potential will reach.
The Scheme is intended to develop qualities of maturity and responsibility which members will also benefit from in general day to day life, in addition to developing musical knowledge and skill intended to progress them into their advanced banding career. ‘Freedom, responsibility, intelligence and standard of behaviour are all skills in a civilised society’ – a notion that is hoped will manifest in the ideals of the Scheme.
Challenge is the essence of the concept. The scheme presents to any member a balanced programme of activities that encourages responsibility, self-reliance, personal discovery and perseverance. It is not competitive since individuals are assessed on their own progress and achievement. Awards are open to all members; there are levels for every variation of skill and each member can choose his or her own level of entry. The Scheme is voluntary and entry must be a participant’s free choice.
Participants follow their chosen activities, largely in their own time. Minimum standards of achievement are laid down and when these are met, the individual’s record sheet is signed. When all tasks are completed, the participants qualify for an Award in the form of a pin badge and certificate. Extra awards are set out at certain levels, i.e. promotion to the next level band (ie Prospects to Youth Band), solo spots and even sponsorship at higher levels.
AWARD not REWARD is the fundamental aim – this is geared towards the members own incentive – it’s voluntary, optional; ‘if you don’t want to you don’t have to’ take part.
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